While the new Audi A4 has already been on sale in Europe, and having debuted at the Geneva Auto Show back in 2015, the US market has yet to receive the new A4’s debut and our current A4 is still the B8 generation. Well, Audi’s about to change all of that in a couple of weeks at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Audi will be bringing the brand-new B9 A4 to Detroit for its North America debut and it will come with many new innovations over the old model. Built on the new MLB platform, shared with the rest of the Volkswagen Group, the new Audi A4 will be significantly lighter than the outgoing car. It will also have a much better suspensions setup that features a five-link front suspension, very similar to Jaguar’s Integral Link setup, that will offer a much improved ride as well as sharper handling and better steering. The steering-rack has also been improved for better feel and accuracy.
In all markets except for the North American market, the Audi A4 is available with a variety of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines as well as a choice of a manual transmission. However, in North America, there will only be one powertrain setup — a 2.0 liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder enginer, that develops 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. While we don’t get any other engine or transmission choices, at least the engine we get is the most powerful gasoline four-cylinder offered and the transmissions is the phenomenal S-Tronic.
There will be two drivetrain options available for the US market. Front-wheel drive will be standard but Audi’s optional Quattro all-wheel drive system will be an available as well. Audi’s Quattro system will have a standard self-locking center differential with wheel-selective torque vectoring. A sport suspension will also be available as an option that lowers the ride height by 23 mm. An adaptive suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 mm will also be available and will be adjustable through Audi’s Drive Select function. Audi’s Drive Select will have four modes, Dynamic, Comfort, Auto and Individual, the latter of which allows the driver to tailor select certain modes for specific things, such as steering, transmission and throttle.
Inside the new A4, customers will be treated to one of the best cabins on the market, with 8-way power adjustable front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting and a power sunroof as standard equipment. This makes the B9 Audi A4 possibly the best standard equipped car in the segment. Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit is an available option, which is a must-have. A 7-inch MMI screen fitted to the dash is standard, while an 8.3-inch screen is optional with the MMI Navigation Plus Package. There will also be an optional Bang & Olufsen 3D advanced sound system with 19 speakers, 755 watts and a 16-channel class D amplifier. The B&O’s speaker grilles will also be made out of anodized aluminum.
Pricing will start as such:
|A4 2.0 TFSI®||$37,300||$41,100||$45,900|
|A4 2.0 TFSI quattro®||$39,400||$43,200||$48,000|
Considering how much standard kit comes in the new Audi A4, it could be the best deal on the market. Front-wheel drive is obviously out of the question for enthusiasts, but if you get the Audi 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium, it starts at under $40,000, has 252 hp, a dual-clutch transmission, a standard sunroof and power seats as well as 17″ allow wheels and one of the best cabins on the market. The average enthusiast doesn’t need much more than that. If you want heated seats, the cold-weather package is only a $500 option. If you move up to premium plus for $43,200, things get a bit pricier but much nicer. The technology package is $3,500 but it comes with the absolutely amazing Virtual Cockpit, Audi Connect and MMI Navigation Plus.
The new Audi A4 is priced very competitively with the rest of the market, looks fantastic and has enough power and performance to put it in the conversation with the best in the segment. Things are looking very good for Audi.